The internet is our best friend and our worst enemy. We have to trust it to keep our information safe. But at the same time, we can’t trust people that use it to steal our personal information.

According to bussinessinsider.com, data breaches have only increased over time.

“Since January 2017, at least 15 retailers were hacked and likely had information stolen from them. A report from cybersecurity firm Shape Security showed that almost 90% of the login attempts made on online retailers’ websites are hackers using stolen data. Many of these were caused by flaws in payment systems that were taken advantage of by hackers.”

So how do you protect you and your clients’ information?

  1. Change passwords regularly, especially passwords linked to companies that have had data breaches.
  2. Utilize as many authentication methods as possible for your accounts (password, security questions, pin, etc.)
  3. Sign out of accounts after each login.
  4. Check your accounts daily for any suspicious activity.
  5. Install strong anti-virus software on your computer. (Don’t use the cheap stuff, invest in good protection!)
  6. Use data recovery software and backup files regularly.
  7. Stay “in the loop.” The sooner you know, the better.
  8. Be vigilant and prepared for a data breach. Don’t consider yourself immune.
Some of the biggest data breaches we’ve seen in 2017 and 2018 include:
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